Singer Donovan ‘looking forward’ to Limavady Stendhal gig


Legendary folk-rock singer Donovan, a Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee says he’s looking forward to playing at the Stendhal Festival in Limavady this summer.

The award-winning festival will be held at Ballymully Cottage Farm on 7-8 August, with Donovan named as the Friday night headliner.

I’ve heard some lovely things about Stendhal


The Scotsman’s career has spanned 50 years and 27 albums full of his timeless tracks.

“Donovan is one of the most celebrated names in folk music with a catalogue of songs that play a part in the soundtracks to many people’s lives,” festival director Ross Parkhill said. “It is a fantastic coup for Stendhal to have him headline our Friday night this year and we can’t wait to see him in Limavady.”

As a part of the anniversary celebrations, which will prompt a major renaissance for the man whose fingerprints can be seen throughout the last half-century of popular music, Donovan will be taking to the festival circuit throughout the summer.

Donovan is no stranger to Northern Ireland and he says he is very much looking forward to his visit to

The Roe Valley which will be his only Northern Irish performance during his anniversary celebrations.

“I’ve heard some lovely things about Stendhal,” he said.

“I believe it is a very family orientated event and that it has been winning awards as it has grown over the past several years, so I’m very happy to come along and be a part of it.

“I have always enjoyed visiting Northern Ireland, I have spent some very enjoyable times in the lake lands of Fermanagh so I’m looking forward to seeing a bit more of the place when I’m there in August.

“I have Irish heritage, so I’ve always felt a kinship with the Irish. Both my grannies were Irish, my first name is an Irish surname and Irish music has played a part in influencing how I write my music, so you could say that Ireland has always been somewhat of a special place for me.”